Rough Trade have announced the signing of The Alabama Shakes in both Europe and the U.S.
The foursome (formerly known as just The Shakes) are Brittany Howard, Heath Fogg, Zac Cockrell and Steve Johnson, all from Athens, Alabama and poised to unleash their southern brand of soul rock on the world. An EP is already streaming and available to purchase via bandcamp since September with the debut album expected in 2012. What may strike you first and hardest is the striking voice of Howard who seems to live and die for every syllable, never mind every word. The clean, rocky guitar lines remind me of the no nonsense chug of Creedence and maybe even a little of early, and fellow southerners, Kings Of Leon.